Captain Dinesh Singh Dhillon likes the skies. Especially if he is up there flying one of the six different kinds of aircraft he is eligible to fly. Not too many people in the world can boast of such a record. In fact no one else in India can. Earlier this week, Dhillon collected the coveted Limca Book of Records citation that recognises him as the first Indian who is licensed to fly six different kinds of aircraft.
(Left): Captain Dinesh Singh (right) the Limca Book of Records citation
The 41 year-old pilot holds six different licenses that are issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. He set up the record last year, and was finally awarded with a certificate from Limca Book of Records this week. Dhillon, who lives in Mumbai, says he first flew a craft when he was 22. He had joined the National Cadet Corps (Air wing) immediately after Grade 12.
“My father was a government servant and the sole earning member of the family. Our financial condition wasn’t very good. I am here only because of my mother who supported me,” said Dhillon. He now has over 20 years flying experience.
His record-breaking feat has come at the expense of his senior colleague and friend Captain Sandeep Saraf who held the earlier record when he held three flying licenses as a commercial pilot, commercial helicopter pilot and one more that allowed him to fly Microlight planes. “He has been very dedicated in his work. It’s a proud moment for me to see my junior breaking my own record,” said Saraf.